Anime Review: Casshern Sins

Anime Review: Casshern Sins

Would Mega Man be improved if you recast our hero as an amnesiac villain wandering the empty doom-scape of humanity's extinction? No, of course not.

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If nothing else, the franchise made a pretty slick live action movie.

Always wanted to see the Anime after I witnessed the unfiltered awesomeness that was the film which rests as one of my favourites. I think I'll just stick with that for now.

Being completely ignorant of the original series, I actually did enjoy this show. It was very well animated and I will disagree completely that the fight scenes were uninspired. I suppose I was numb to all the melodrama as well but if that bothers you then I won't blame you.

I sadly admit I've never watched the original series, so I'm going to be feel out at first but the sad thing is despite my ignorance of the original i feel that i will enjoy this series.
This feel more of a differential gap of generations while there are people who enjoyed the original and can complain the living hell that the new one suck at least they had courage to watched the series.

The closest thing i can remember was the effects that both Beast Wars and the 2003 TMNT series had, both had elements of the original series but they were so different from their original series causing a wide split among fans of the same source.

Hiphophippo:
If nothing else, the franchise made a pretty slick live action movie.

i was wondering if this and the live action casshern thing were related when i saw the title. watched it on DVD with some mates, it was like 3 hours long (or felt it) and the most confusing thing we'd ever seen.

Ouch .. harsh review. Noted, this one is not making it on to my list.

I liked this show, especially the later episodes, but it would have benefited a lot from being about half as long with the same budget and ditching the amnesia aspect entirely (as well as the little girl). The message of the show necessitates that Casshern himself is the least interesting character, so it would probably have been better to keep as a constant element of the story rather than as it's protagonist. Also, the backgrounds are gorgeous.

I personally think Casshern Sins was absolutely brilliant.
The pacing was absolute garbage, at least in that many scenes tended to drag out longer than you wanted them to, but the artwork and the action (and there was action) was worth it. Heck, the twist toward the end is better than advertised too. Oh, and it is VERY moody. I wouldn't say emo as much as simply grim. It is a post-apocalypse scenario after all.

Sp what your saying is they try to go the way of Nolan's Batman and fall down a flight of stairs doing it, FAIL! Now look the only time I've personally seen old character designs combine with new shading effectively is Gundam Unicorn (THANK GOD FOR UNIVERSAL CENTURY)

dickseverywhere:

Hiphophippo:
If nothing else, the franchise made a pretty slick live action movie.

i was wondering if this and the live action casshern thing were related when i saw the title. watched it on DVD with some mates, it was like 3 hours long (or felt it) and the most confusing thing we'd ever seen.

Oh sure, it's not very "good" but it sure looks cool.

Hiphophippo:

dickseverywhere:

Hiphophippo:
If nothing else, the franchise made a pretty slick live action movie.

i was wondering if this and the live action casshern thing were related when i saw the title. watched it on DVD with some mates, it was like 3 hours long (or felt it) and the most confusing thing we'd ever seen.

Oh sure, it's not very "good" but it sure looks cool.

I bought the DVD coz Casshern's suit on the front cover makes him look like a robotic duck. Was about as good as it got.

Cousin_IT:

Hiphophippo:

dickseverywhere:

Hiphophippo:
If nothing else, the franchise made a pretty slick live action movie.

i was wondering if this and the live action casshern thing were related when i saw the title. watched it on DVD with some mates, it was like 3 hours long (or felt it) and the most confusing thing we'd ever seen.

Oh sure, it's not very "good" but it sure looks cool.

I bought the DVD coz Casshern's suit on the front cover makes him look like a robotic duck. Was about as good as it got.

To this day the cinematography blows me away. It's probably intending to look like manga, but I've always thought it looked like someone animated a graphic novel.

I haven't watched the original Casshern, but going from the reviewer's tone, I'm starting to become more glad that I hadn't.  There are several things that make this a good anime, but it's certainly fair to say that it won't be to everyone's taste.

The most important and extremely gratifying (if you can get behind artistic vision rather than a pure pleasurable aspect) aspect of this anime is it's mood.  It's subdued, it's dark, it's depressing -- and best of all -- there's nothing fake about it.  A good descriptor word for the anime as a whole would be "uncompromising".  An anime that is far too short in supply these days if you ask me (perhaps I haven't been around enough though...).  It doesn't play out to a pure action perspective and I think in a lot of ways it's better for it.  There's no (or few) whiz-bang explosions to sully the meaning and goals behind the anime which unravel themselves to the viewer as the fight scenes become repetitive.  They're not repetitive in that, "Oh, I guess the animators ran out of money," or, "imagination," way, they're clearly trying to depict the fights as being apart from where meaning is to be found.

I can understand the complaints about the animation quality and the length, but really, I think those worked for the tone incredibly well.  There are many speechless, quiet, still moments which work towards a goal of asking you to ponder, "What's the meaning of life?", "Why are we here?", "Is this hope worth fighting for?", and "Can we just be satisfied with the here and now?". These points are exemplified with the little girl, whose innocence goes to show that you can be satisfied and yet at the same time (with her showing signs of rust) that hope is worth fighting for.  This is without even getting into the more depressing elements of death and unabating guilt.

There a couple of minuses for those who are interested in a thoughtful anime, which may not distract from the vision, but generally will be unsatisfying.  While there is a fair amount of narrative (though often subtle) there is not a lot of dialogue and the brooding may get to you.  Melodrama does exist, and depending on your immersion, rightfully or wrongfully so.  There was some repetition in artwork, but I think if DragonBall (if you're insulting it, that's a big no-no from where I'm coming from) can work with it, a moody apocalyptic(late apocalypse rather than post in this case) anime like this laps it up.

Watching Mobile Suit Gundam(79',85',86') right now, I can say I'm sick and tired of retro-anime and am dying to see another like this.  It's just ironic considering the source... guess it's tough to be a fanboy :/

Edit: Typo and language clean-up.  Also a shout-out to twaddle: thanks for the word-up, I appreciated your insight and you threw in a couple points I was thinking of amending to mine, especially about the series length.

P.S. Sorry if the last line in my original post sounds a bit snippy, I was just reflecting on my own childhood series' like 80's TMNT and Sonic Sat AM.  Really think this anime deserved more of a chance (and a second page's worth of review).

I never seen the original series, and I do like to one day, but I though Casshern Sins is pretty decent. I still watching the series on Hulu.

arealperson:
"snip"

Ok i see where your coming from but you are looking at the series in the wrong way. Your looking at cassher sins as if it were purely an action anime. Truthfully it's more of a drama with bits of action in it. What Casshern Sins ask is that you look at the characters from a psychological perspective. It's kind of a re-examination of the question "If you had only (blank time) to live how would you spend it?"

It doesn't take much to under stand where each character is coming from and the occasional battle tends to spice up the story. The series ins not too long and....

wait. i was just ninja'd by that guy
-_-'

The point is though is thati if u need a break from the all bad writtin action and Super overly dramatic shoujo, Casshern Sins is a good rent.

Ill still probably watch this series.
Iv gotten mixed opinions but the majority of them have been positive.
Plus iv gotten addicted to many of the Tatsunoko Characters after i got TvC.

Plus if it really is as bad as you say it is, then trust me, iv sat through worse

I remember watching this a few years back. At first, the concept of otherwise "immortal" robots confronted with mortality was interesting enough to keep me in, but the protagonist's incessant wangsting about the "Ruin" eventually drove me off.

Fight scenes were nice but I don't really care for shows that rely on flashbacks to make up the story (movies are OK bc they're shorter) the slow pacing eventually made me lose interest.

gunna avoid this anime, thx for the warning.

need more anime reviews

If you mean the origional fist of the north star, it took considerably longer than 12 hours, there were something like 150 episodes (only about 30+ made it to the west)
I loved the origional casshern but i'll be avoiding this as it sounds like they've done a prince of persia on it and 'reinvented' it for sullen fifteen year old boys who think characters like kane and lynch are 'mature'. I can guess the ending... the robots are horribly persecuted beings and the humans had been wiping themselves out and started the war with the robots and created casshern to destroy the robots or something like that, its all overdone and i'm just dying to get back to at at least one show where robots simply want to destroy stuff.

I haven't watched it all but from what I remember this was a pretty decent anime. There were some emotionally powerful scenes in it, and everywhere Casshern went you had the feel that the world was broken, and in keeping with the title of the one who started the ruin he seems to leave only destruction in his wake irregardless of whether he wants to or not.
The overly cute Ringo also adds a stark contrast to all of the destruction but you still can't help but think about how the ruin is going to take her too eventually. Casshern's amnesia is a great component to the story, since so many people good and bad want him dead for reasons he can't remember. With this Casshern is set up as a character who has every reason to give up but keeps moving forward, with a few stumbles here and there.

While the fights aren't huge and expansive I thought it was a refreshing change from the usual fare of fights that had people pulling off grandiose spectacles for a single attack. I've always disliked the over the top fight scenes of anime like dragonball z and such. Fist of the North Star I'm ambient about, those fights always seem to just be buildup to the main character hitting them with an insta-kill.

As stated above this anime is more of a drama with bits of action for flavor than an action anime. And while there are certainly better anime to watch there's also muuuuuch worse.

Summary: With a cast of interesting characters, emotionally powerful scenes, good animation, and an engaging story. Casshern Sins should at least be given a chance. The character designs may be a little funky but at least it's not all super powered wild haired teenagers.

i saw the eng subbed ages ago and i thoroughly enjoyed it although so say the ending was not what i was expecting, great fight scenes(i dont know what your on about) the story was very depressing but at the same time it turned itself around abit, its a drama anime mainly but the action i found rather impressive, over all i would say 7/10 its a good series

I never watched the original show (which might I say looks ridiculous), and I thoroughly enjoyed Casshern Sins.

Come on, don't judge it harshly for being different to the original series. They were trying to make Casshern Sins a serious anime. Could they have pulled that off with Friender transforming into a plane or various other ridiculous methods of transportation whenever it suited them, for instance?

You should rate Casshern as a standalone series, because it is actually really good.
Think I gave it around an 8/10.

Norman Rafferty:
Bottom Line: Much like Getter Robo Armageddon - another reinvention of a beloved boy's anime into something dark, grim and gritty - Casshern Sins bends over backwards with the weight of its own gravitas ... and the end result pleases no one.

Now now, what's that about GAR being a reinvention of the old TV series? Even in that Wiki page you've linked to yourself it's mentioned that:

Wikipedia:
It is a direct sequel to the audio drama 'Getter Robo: The Moon Wars', not the 1970s TV series (a common misconception).

The old "kid-friendly" TV series has mostly been superseded (in the minds of the modern mecha fanboys) by the grim and gritty original manga and the three direct-to-video series, while the only thing that still keeps it on our radars is the Super Robot Wars series of games.
GAR is pretty faithful to the look and feel of the original manga and has all the giant robot ultraviolence a Getter fan might desire.

In other words:
Thou shalt not compare Getter Robo Armageddon to Casshern Sins! *Neeeeeerd Raaaage*

Its a decent anime, but much like Evangellion it's shooting itself in the foot with it's sheer inability to be watched at any decent pace. It out does a black hole in terms of the sheer force of bleakness it extends.

If it's any guess after catching up to the series about half-way through it being air when even the hooks of the show managed to do nothing to compel me to continue following the series, it's mostly a passable show. It's not bad, it's just not a very level-headed experience.

I tried to like this series, it just couldn't keep my attention. Great style, serious plot, but it was really slow. I should give it another chance.

I like how much effort you didn't put into this review or trying to understand the anime as a whole and the world it describes. Good job(sic!).

If you have insomnia watch this show because it is very very fucking boring. Its the past may 21 2011 in this world and 99% of the human population is either raptured or dead.So whats left is robits. robits that have started to rust. since they ran out of rustaway casshern is the only solution eat him and won't rust. or you could stop building robots out of iron. what I like is the visuals so if you run this a 3x speed and mute it, You'll enjoy it more. well when something is happening its interesting but. that only happens for a very minimally amount of time

Nihilism_Is_Bliss:
I never watched the original show (which might I say looks ridiculous), and I thoroughly enjoyed Casshern Sins.

Come on, don't judge it harshly for being different to the original series. They were trying to make Casshern Sins a serious anime. Could they have pulled that off with Friender transforming into a plane or various other ridiculous methods of transportation whenever it suited them, for instance?

You should rate Casshern as a standalone series, because it is actually really good.
Think I gave it around an 8/10.

I was about to post a comment then noticed that I already had...3 years ago, ^ and boy was younger me kind.
This is probably the worst anime review I have ever read. You managed to miss the entire point of this show so impressively that I have to wonder if you watched it at all.
Please never write an anime review ever again, or at the very least, stick to writing about proper animu series with gunz and boobies and big robots that fight each other.
Since I wrote my comment 3 years ago my opinion of Casshern Sins has upgraded to a 9/9.5, which is very odd, considering the vast majority of series' I considered 8s 9s and 10s when I was younger I now consider 6s and 7s.

tl;dr you are so wrong it makes me physically ill, please never masquerade as a critic ever again.
xx <3

 

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